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107TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION

H. R. 5294

To accord honorary citizenship to the alien victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States and to provide for the granting of citizenship to the alien spouses and children of certain victims of such attacks.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JULY 26, 2002 Mrs. MALONEY of New York (for herself, Mr. WEINER, Ms. LEE, Mr. HONDA, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. CROWLEY, Mrs. MINK of Hawaii, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. FRANK, Mr. OWENS, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. NADLER, and Mr. FROST) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL
To accord honorary citizenship to the alien victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States and to provide for the granting of citizenship to the alien spouses and children of certain victims of such attacks. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 4
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Terrorist Victim Citi-

5 zenship Relief Act’’.

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SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings: (1) On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered a series of attacks which led to the deaths of thousands of people. (2) Hundreds of foreign nationals perished in the attacks on the American institutions on American soil. (3) At that time, the Immigration and Naturalization Service was processing applications for adjustment in immigration status for immigrants who perished in the attacks. (4) The immigrant or nonimmigrant status of many immigrant families depends on the sponsorship of those who perished. (5) The Immigration and Naturalization Service has publicly stated that it does not intend to take action against foreign nationals whose immigration status is in jeopardy as a direct result of the attack. (6) Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service James Ziglar stated that ‘‘the Immigration and Naturalization Service will exercise its discretion toward families of victims during this time of mourning and readjustment’’. (7) Only Congress has the authority to change immigration law to address unanticipated omissions
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3 1 2 3 4 5 6 in existing law to account for the unique circumstances surrounding the events of September 11, 2001.
SEC. 3. DECEASED ALIEN VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS DEEMED TO BE UNITED STATES CITIZENS.

Notwithstanding title III of the Immigration and Na-

7 tionality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.), and except as pro8 vided in section 5, each alien who died as a result of a 9 September 11, 2001, terrorist attack against the United 10 States, shall, as of that date, be considered to be an hon11 orary citizen of the United States if the alien held lawful 12 status under the immigration laws of the United States 13 as of that date. 14 15 16 17
SEC. 4. CITIZENSHIP ACCORDED TO ALIEN SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF CERTAIN VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS.

Notwithstanding title III of the Immigration and Na-

18 tionality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.), and except as pro19 vided in section 5, an alien spouse or child of an individual 20 who was lawfully present in the United States and who 21 died as a result of a September 11, 2001, terrorist attack 22 against the United States shall be entitled to naturaliza23 tion as a citizen of the United States upon being adminis24 tered the oath of renunciation and allegiance in an appro25 priate ceremony pursuant to section 337 of the Immigra•HR 5294 IH

4 1 tion and Nationality Act, without regard to the current 2 status of the alien spouse or child under the immigration 3 laws of the United States, if the spouse or child applies 4 to the Attorney General for naturalization not later than 5 two years after the date of enactment of this Act. The 6 Attorney General shall record the date of naturalization 7 of any person granted naturalization under this section as 8 being September 10, 2001. 9 10
SEC. 5. EXCEPTIONS.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, an

11 alien may not be naturalized as a citizen of the United 12 States, or afforded honorary citizenship, under this Act 13 if the alien is— 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 (1) inadmissible under paragraph (2) or (3) of section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or deportable under paragraph (2) or (4) of section 237(a) of that Act, including any terrorist perpetrator of a September 11, 2001, terrorist attack against the United States; or (2) a member of the family of a person described in paragraph (1).

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DOCUMENT INFO
Description: 107th Congress H.R. 5294 (ih): To accord honorary citizenship to the alien victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States and to provide for the granting of citizenship to the alien spouses and children of certain victims of such attacks. [Introduced in House] 2001-2002